1946 Mercury Summer Theatre (part 1)
Welles and the Mercury revisit some favorite broadcasts from the 1930s and offer some new stories as well.
Mercury Summer Theatre (CBS)
director: Orson Welles
music: Bernard Herrmann
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, music by Cole Porter
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
The Hitchhiker by Lucille Fletcher
Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
A Passenger to Bali by Ellis St. Joseph
The Search for Henri Le Fevre by Lucille Fletcher
Life with Adam by Hugh Kemp
The Moat Farm Murder by Norman Corwin
The Golden Honeymoon by Ring Lardner
Hell on Ice by Lincoln Ellsworth
part 2 is here: http://www.archive.org/details/1946MercurySummerTheatrepart2
July 1, 2015
Wonderful Welles at his theatrical best. It's enough to make me thirst for a frosty mug of Pabst Blue Ribbon to savor along with the performances.
460802_Golden_Honeymoon also contains the poignant conclusion of Romeo and Juliet. Which is enough to make you like Shakespeare.
June 28, 2015
Treasures from Radio's golden age!!
Thanks once more wonderful internet archive brownies, for another absolute gem. Welles has chosen several of his favorite roles from previous radio appearances and made a series perfect for summer listening. The orchestral score and sound effects are ingeniously subtle. Close your eyes and treat your brain to this free trip back to the summer of 1946 to your front row seat in the great Mercury Theater of the Air. For newcomers to old time radio, The Hitchhiker and Moat Farm Murder are famous chillers in the genre, esp.great for night time listening.
December 19, 2007
Part 2 is here: http://www.archive.org/details/1946MercurySummerTheatrepart2